Do you spend some days feeling overwhelmed, tired and stressed-out? Have you noticed that if your day starts with drama… it continues that way? Perhaps your alarm doesn’t go off, you drop a glass, the kids are driving you to distraction! Does that sound familiar?
Stress isn’t a bad thing, but when we feel this way most of the time, it can have a big impact on our wellbeing – So how can we reduce the stress in our lives when we don’t have the time for a 3 day yoga retreat?
This is going to sound very simple (because it is!) – we need to commit to more time where we are in a calm state rather than in the state of stress.
Now if it was that easy, we would all be Zen masters!
It can be challenging to make change as we feel safe doing the same thing. Our subconscious mind, the part that controls 90-95% of everything we do, doesn’t like change. Through life experiences, we develop beliefs and habits, creating programmes in our mind. This programming influences the way we think, feel and behave.
But there is hope! We are all capable of learning new things and developing neural pathways in our brain so to change the way you think, feel and behave – change your mindset. YOU have the power to change any time you choose and here’s an easy way to start…
Change the first 15 minutes of the day – Set an intention that today is going to be different. Focus on things at the start of the day that are going to promote calm.
1. Get up earlier so that don’t have to rush and can enjoy a morning cup of tea.
2. Take 10-15 minutes to move your body, stretching, qi gong (I love qi gong!) or a walk around the garden.
3. Avoid scrolling through your phone first thing or checking work emails (this can lead to stress and that work email will still be there in an hours time).
4. Start the day with breath work – slow deep even breathing.
Start (and end) the day thinking and feeling the way you WANT to, as you generate more of whatever you focus on!
Remember you DO have the power to choose how you react, your thoughts are simply that – just thoughts and you can choose different ones. Although we have no control over events and things in our external environment, we do have control of our internal world.
This is a practice and the first step can be setting the day up for success!